Special education opens the door to new vocabulary, regulations and procedures. You will find resources here to guide you through the special education process.
Visit this site to share ideas! Check out how your classmates have found ways to help them to organize, learn more easily and to get work done.
This areas provides a forum for professionals to discuss current research and evidence based assessment and instructional methods. Educators teaching students with special needs use this website as a vehicle for cross district communication to foster professional learning communities.
Community connections are important to providing information for district students, families/caregivers, and professionals. Check out this webpage for local and regional community resources.
Special education is planned instruction specifically designed to address the educational and related developmental needs of children with disabilities. This includes Early Intervention Services for pre-school for students starting at age three and services for school age children in grades K-12.
For students who are eligible (meet eligibility criteria) with Individual Education Plans (IEP), instruction is based on the core (district) curriculum. The IEP team documents current education abilities, areas of needs and outlines goals, accommodations/ adaptations or modifications and teaching strategies, as well as other support systems that may help the student to access the general education curriculum.
Parent Advisory Council
Derry Township School District believes effective collaboration among home, community, and school is essential. With this belief as a guiding principal, the Parent Advisory Council for Children with Special Needs was formed. The council is comprised of parents and educators working in partnership to promote equal opportunities for educational excellence and social, emotion and physical well being for students with special needs. It's purpose is to provide support to families, staff and children; promote collaborative educational opportunities for a parents and educators and advise and facilitate communication regarding district programs and policies.
Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Director of Special Education
Mrs. Jill Bechtel
Special Education Secretary
30 East Granada Avenue, PO Box 898, Hershey, PA 17033
Phone: (717) 531-2312
Please Note: All official correspondence documents must include parent/guardian signature(s) to ensure authenticity of request.